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Ship Construction

Ship Construction is the market leading text for the professional shipbuilding and naval architecture sector. Acting as both a reference on the latest developments in construction techniques, safety and shipyard practice for professionals and a comprehensive text for students of naval architecture, the book covers the complete construction process, from ship specification to competed vessel.
Covering each core operation and providing detailed understanding of the key ship construction steps and techniques, this new edition includes the latest developments in computer-aided design and manufacture, plus updated international regulations for ship types, new materials, fabrication technologies, safety practice and shipyard technology.


Practising marine engineers and naval architects involved with basic ship design, structure and stability, particularly those working in shipyards, supervising ship construction, conversion, and maintenance; Marine engineering students

Paperback, 400 Pages

Published: May 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-097239-8


  • "Both now retired from teaching, Eyres…and Bruce…update their textbook (first published in 1971) from the 2007 edition. It introduces ship design and shipbuilding practice to advanced undergraduate students of marine sciences and technology. It can also be used as a study guide for the Extra Master examinations, and as background for students of shipbuilding itself."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013


  • Preface
    Chapter 1 Basic Design of the Ship
    Chapter 2 Ship Dimensions, Form, Size or Category
    Chapter 3 Development of Ship Types
    Chapter 4 Classification Societies
    Chapter 5 Steels
    Chapter 6 Other Shipbuilding Materials
    Chapter 7 Testing of Materials
    Chapter 8 Stresses to which a Ship is Subject
    Chapter 9 Welding and Cutting Processes used in Shipbuilding
    Chapter 10 Welding Practice and Testing Welds
    Chapter 11 Shipyard Layout
    Chapter 12 Design Information for Production
    Chapter 13 Plate and Section Preparation and Machining
    Chapter 14 Assembly of Ship Structure
    Chapter 15 Launching
    Chapter 16 Bottom Structure
    Chapter 17 Shell Plating and Framing
    Chapter 18 Bulkheads and Pillars
    Chapter 19 Decks, Hatches, and Superstructures
    Chapter 20 Fore End Structure
    Chapter 21 Aft End Structure
    Chapter 22 Tanker Construction
    Chapter 23 Liquefied Gas Carriers
    +Chapter 24 Lifting Arrangements
    Chapter 25 Cargo Access, Handling, and Restraint
    Chapter 26 Pumping and Piping Arrangements
    Chapter 27 Corrosion Control and Anti-fouling Systems
    Chapter 28 Ventilation, Refrigeration, and Insulation
    Chapter 29 International Maritime Organization
    Chapter 30 Tonnage
    Chapter 31 Load Line Rules
    Chapter 32 Structural Fire Protection


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